Expert Review: TaylorMade TP Hydroblast DuPage Single BendPublished on 03/14/2023 · 4 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the putter, which I tested for one day in January of 2023.
All photos courtesy of David L. Brown
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the putter, which I tested for one day in January of 2023.
The TaylorMade TP Hydroblast DuPage Single Bend Putter is geared toward a golfer looking more feel and consistency seven feet and closer. The putter is also very aesthetically pleasing to the eye with the silver hydroblast finish.
About the club I tested
- Model: 2021 TaylorMade TP Hydroblast DuPage Single Bend Putter
- Shape: Mallett
- Hosel Neck: Single Bend
- Balance Point: 12in
- Shaft Length: 35in
- Grip Type: Standard
- Finish: Silver
- Average Score: 79
- Handicap: 7
- Experience: 22 years of golf
- Right/Left-Handed: Right-Handed
- Stroke Type: Straight back and straight through
- Golf Ball Used: 2021 Bridgestone E6
- Height: 5’10’’
- When I tested the putter: January 2023
- Days tested: 1
- Where I’ve used it: Turf and outdoor practice greens
- Weather and Wind Conditions: Warm, sunny, and slightly damp
- Green Speed: Slow to medium
- Grass Type: Bent grass
How it performs
What I was looking for
I prefer mallet putters over any other type of putter, so I wanted to try the TaylorMade TP DuPage because it is one of the more popular styles on the PGA Tour. I like that it’s aesthetically pleasing to the eye. Second, I am a feel putter, so I wanted something with a soft face that would allow me to feel the putt through contact more consistently.
Why I chose to test this club
I tested this club because I currently play an Odyssey Exo Seven S mallet putter and wanted to see how it compared. I’ve seen this putter quite a bit on TV, as most TaylorMade-sponsored players use a version of the spider putters.
What I love about it
- Face Feel: The face technology has a balancing feature that really allows me to feel the club striking the ball, which gives me more confidence to make more putts.
- Forgiveness: Even when the putt isn’t stuck perfectly, the DuPage still rolls pure and allows shorter putts to hold their line and farther putts to lag their way close to the hole.
- Weight: The weight is amazing, as it has different weights within the putter head that can be adjusted from 2g up to 20g. This ensures that the weight can be dialed into whatever preference is desired.
- Alignment: The TaylorMade TP DuPage club boasts sharp alignment features with its long single line on the back of the clubhead when viewed from above.
- Aesthetic Appeal: Pulling the DuPage out of the bag was a nice feeling. The steel shaft down to the silver mallet head really makes the putter stand out. I also enjoyed the blue accent within the TP logo, as it makes it subtly pop.
- Grip Feel: The grip feel was solid. The TaylorMade TP DuPage has an oversized pistol grip which is comfortable regardless of hand placement.
- Balance: The higher MOI (Moment of Inertia) within this putter creates a smooth feel on the backswing and follow-through. This evenness within the stroke creates a consistent rollout and ease to pull the putter back straight repeatedly.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Customization: I would have liked to see how a 34-inch putter would have performed as I fluctuate between that and 35 inches as my preferred length of putter because it varies with the weight and my arm swing. However, I couldn’t test a 34-inch as they did not have any in stock.
Best Putt or Round with this Putter
During my testing session, I averaged around a 90% make rate five to seven feet away from the hole, which is about 10% higher than what I make with my current Odyssey Exo Seven S.
Value for the money vs. other options
I think the TaylorMade TP Hydroblast DuPage Single Bend Putter is worth the money. I tried cheaper options, both the DFX Seven and the DFX 2 Ball putters by Odyssey, and they weren’t as forgiving, and the face didn’t have the same feel. I think for a serious golfer spending the extra money is well worth it.
I believe the TaylorMade TP Hydroblast DuPage Single Bend Putter will create more confidence in people’s game on the greens to lag those long putts close and make more putts within that knee knocker range of five to seven feet.